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Afghan rebel leader buried

Massoud, left, checks reconditioned weapons early last year.  

PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan opposition commander Ahmed Shah Massoud was buried Sunday in Northern Alliance-controlled northern Afghanistan.

Massoud died from severe wounds suffered in an assassination attempt last week.

Mourners from the rebel group wailed as his body was lifted off a helicopter, before an emotional funeral service. Villagers in the region lined roads to pay their respects.

A spokesman for the Northern Alliance, the anti-Taliban group in northern Afghanistan, said the rebel commander was being interviewed by two Arab journalists when their television camera exploded on September 9, killing the journalists and an aide to Massoud.

Massoud's right leg was severely injured, two pieces of shrapnel lodged in his head, his face was burned and his fingers were injured, his brother, Walid Masoud told CNN.

Meanwhile, the Northern Alliance is welcoming and even calling for U.S. military intervention against the ruling Taliban, which is believed to be sheltering Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden is the man U.S. President George W. Bush has named as the prime suspect behind Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the United States, which left thousands dead.

The rebel group says it has 15,000 trained fighters and 15,000 others willing to fight, and that it could use its experience from its struggle against the Taliban to aid in any military action the United States may decide to undertake.


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